The aderezo are the accessories that make the Fallera sparkle, namely the earrings, brooch, and hairpins (called agujas). For the gorgeous chandelier earrings, I think you might can substitute kundan or jhumki style earrings from India (fairly cheap on eBay). You probably own a brooch, but if you don’t, your grandma may have one she would be willing to give you. If not, eBay and garage sales are a good place to look.
However, what I couldn’t find anywhere was the fancy agujas (hairsticks and hairpins). So here is how I made my own, and you can too! For cheap!
SUPPLIES: You will need:
A Hack Saw
Penny-Cutter Scissors -OR- Sandpaper (for smoothing the cut made by the saw)
Welding Epoxy (like J B Weld)
1 Brass Rod 3/32 inch (0.24 cm) and 1 Brass Tube 1/8 inch (0.32 cm) diameter (these are really cheap, I got mine from Ace Hardware Store for $3.50 each). They should be 3 feet (1 yard = 1 meter) long
2 Pairs Clip-On Earrings ($5.00 or less per pair on eBay)
4 Gold Hair Pins (I bought mine from EnchantingBeads.com. They were only about $5.00 for 6 of them. They are really pretty and good quality and just what I was looking for)
A Flat Surface (like a board) And/Or Miter Box
Something Disposable (like a piece of cardboard, for mixing the welding epoxy on)
A Measuring Stick (like a ruler, yard stick, or meter stick)
A Permanent Marker (for marking where you will cut)
Gold Craft Paint or Gold Nail Polish (for painting over the welding epoxy)
Your Mono (to make sure your agujas are a pleasing length against it) and Rodilletes (hair spirals) made earlier
Something Interesting To Listen To So You Don’t Get Bored
BIG AGUJAS (HAIR STICKS)
Use 1 Brass Rod 3/32 (0.24 cm) inch and 1 Brass Tube 1/8 (0.32 cm) inch diameter. If you use these measurements, the rod will slide perfectly inside the tube. Real agujas do that.
You will need 4 pieces (2 rods and 2 tubes) about 6.5 to 7 inches (16.5 to 17.8 cm) long. I made mine 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) long, but you should measure your brass rods against your own mono and use a picture for reference for how long the agujas should be.
After you decide how long to make the 2 rods and 2 tubes, measure and mark the rods and tubes using a permanent marker (like a Sharpie).
Use the edge of your flat surface or a miter box to guide the hack saw in a straight cut as you saw along the measured marks you made. The sawing will probably leave a small sharp “lip” sticking out. Use the penny-cutter scissors or sandpaper to trim or erode it smooth. Be careful of sharp lemel (metal shavings). You may want to use gloves. I didn’t, and I used the penny-cutter scissors, and I was fine. But use your good judgement for yourself.
Take the little back hinged flap off of the backs of the clip-on earrings. The ones I bought had hinged backings that were 2 prongs in 2 holes. It was very easy just to push the hinge to the right (or squeeze it) and pull it out of the holes. Yours may be different. But the backings should be fairly easy to get off, without even needing to cut them or anything.
Then, when the backings are off of the earrings, mix the welding epoxy on something disposable (like a paper plate or a piece of cardboard) according to the instructions on the package.
Put a generous gob of glue on the back of a earring. Then put a rod in the very middle or the earring and glue. Put more glue on it. Then hold it as perfectly straight as you can until the glue gets fairly firm. This will take about 10 minutes or so. I hope you have something interesting to listen to or watch so you don’t get bored. If not, you can say some prayers to pass the time.
After the epoxy glue has hardened somewhat, you should put it somewhere for at least 24 hours for the epoxy to cure completely. I used the end flap of a box to sandwich the rod between, and let the earring rest on the top.
Alternatively, instead of using welding epoxy, you may wish to use a soldering iron to solder the earrings to the rods. It’s your choice. Use what you have on hand or what you feel more comfortable with.
When the welding epoxy adhesive has cured for 24 hours, you may wish to paint the grey a color matching the earring and rod. You can use gold metallic craft paint or gold metallic nail polish. I used nail polish because that is what I had on hand, but either will work well. It may not match exactly, but that is okay. It should just make the grey epoxy less obvious.
(I only showed making the agujas with one pair of earrings. You will need to make another pair with another pair of earrings. I don’t think the earrings have to be the same exact pair as the first pair, but they should look good together).
AGUJAS POR RODILLETES–SMALL HAIR PINS/HAIR FORKS FOR THE ROLLETES
First, rodillete means the same thing as rollete, so I use them interchangeably. They are the whorls, the hair spirals above the ears. This is how I modified some pre-fabricated hairpins to become the agujas for the rodilletes. Spanish rollete agujas are fairly ornate.
I bought a $5.00 set of 6 inch 5 loop beadable gold hair pins” from EnchantingBeads.com.
There were 2 things that needed modification: 1.) I didn’t like how crimped they were and 2.) They were too long.
Use some flat pliers to flatten out the extreme crimps in the length of the pins. If they start to curve out as you go, just bend them back straight after you are done. You probably won’t be able to flatten the crimps out completely, but that is okay. The slight, subtle crimp left looks fancy and pretty (I think anyways).
The agujas should only be as long as the rodillete is wide (the length of the pin should be as long or a little shorter than the diameter of the rollete).
But, as they are, they are too long. So we need to trim them.
First, place your pins on top of your rodillete. Mark with your permanent marker where the cut needs to be made.
Then use the edge of the board as a guide again (or your miter box) and gently saw through the mark you made. If you can’t saw through all the way, saw as much as you can and then break through the rest by bending the end back and forth, or snip through the last little bit with the penny-cutter scissors. Smooth the rough or sharp edges. Do this for 4 of the pins.
Stay tuned for Part 5: The Peinetas in which I offer ideas on how to make your own fancy crown combs!
Huge kudos to the Verbose Vagabond, who is mad awesome. Thanks Tiffany!